INGLEWOOD – Inglewood City Clerk Aisha Thompson announced the dates the nomination period will open for November elections during the June 21 regular city council meeting after being falsely accused of denying residents the right to file papers to run for the upcoming November election.
“The nomination period to file papers to run for office in November will open July 18 and closes through August 12 at 5 pm,” said Thompson. Residents will need to make an appointment with the City Clerk’s office to pick up the forms and must provide 40 valid signatures from registered voters.
The resident who falsely accused the city clerk of denying her the ability to file is planning to run for office, gave the mayor and Thompson a chance to question what they know about the political process.
“She’s speaking of filing her 501 form which she needs to get from the State who then sends it to me,” said Thompson.
“So she doesn’t know what she’s talking about then?’ asked the mayor?
“No, she does not,” said Thompson.
The resident demanded an outside entity run the local elections which the council has already moved to do.
The Inglewood City Clerk’s office no longer runs the local election after consolidating their election cycle with LA County in order to increase voter turnout. The council consolidated the election cycle in January 2018.
According to the 501 form, it is required of each candidate who plans to run for office before they can either accept or spend money on behalf of her campaign.
The document states the forms are to be turned in to the county election office or to the city clerk. In this case, the forms would need to be provided to the County who then provides them to the city clerk’s office.
The resident alleges they have been a resident for seven years but doesn’t know the city clerk doesn’t run Inglewood elections anymore or where to file her forms.
A review of the LA County page to find 501 forms filed by candidates shows the candidate hasn’t filed with their office either.